A noble but failed experiment by Blizzard to include a formal channel of trading gold for items called the Auction House will, for better or worse, be removed from Diablo III on March 18, 2014.
Said John Hight:
“… it became increasingly clear that despite the benefits of the AH system and the fact that many players around the world use it, it ultimately undermines Diablo’s core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot.”
Although another Blizzard game, World of Warcraft, has a wildly successful auction house system there is more to that game than killing monsters for loot, and the systems that govern the loot acquisition are less favorable to AH transations, not to mention there are a greater variety of uses for accumulated gold in World of Warcraft. Here is the video discussion:
I find the AH kill-date, along with this quote interesting:
“We feel that this move along with the Loot 2.0 system being developed concurrently with Reaper of Souls™ will result in a much more rewarding game experience for our players. “
Could it be that we will see a mid-March release of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls?
Real Racing 3, the game the Internet hated way more than regular people did, has announced the next content update with the following teaser trailer.
Seven, count ‘em, SEVEN generations of Porsche 911′s are coming to the next update. If the previous teasers are any indication, the update should hit in a matter of days and completely ruin any chance I have of ever completely updating my Real Racing 3 guide again.
If you haven’t played the game in a while, perhaps it’s time to give it a shot again. Reduced timers, changes to the way you reach content, and fixed Endurance races are just the tip of the (come on… think of an iceberg equivalent for cars, Fade…) exhaust pipe? Fender? Wait, what do you hit with cars? Pedestrians? Someone help me out here.
Seven more cars now brings Real Racing 3 to a grand total of 69 cars, a plurality of which will now be Porsche 911′s.
I know, it sounds like a joke. Doesn’t Nintendo already have a 2DS, the DS? Next thing you know, they’ll be re-releasing the Game Boy Advance as a 1DS, right?
Though the name is silly, the idea is pretty decent: offer a $40-cheaper version of the 3DS that has all the same functionality minus the often-unused 3D capability. For those without a 3DS who are interested in some 3DS titles, it may be a solid option.
However, gamers will likely be polarized on the tablet style of the 2DS. Being able to fold up the 3DS is great for both instant-sleeping and protecting the screens. Also, the 3DS Circle Pad Pro won’t fit on the 2DS. Some gamers will find the 2DS easier to hold, and some will prefer the 3DS.
To avoid alienating potential buyers, Nintendo should offer a version of the 2DS that looks virtually identical to the 3DS. Maybe they should have just gone that route and passed on the tablet idea — if the 2DS looked like the 3DS, they could partially mask their implicit admission that including 3D capabilities in the 3DS was gimmicky and didn’t increase the appeal of the system, just the price.
What do you think of the Nintendo 2DS?
The Nintendo 2DS will be available starting October 12th, and will initially come with red or blue backing.
When Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune left Capcom after 23 years due to the cancellation of Mega Man Universe, he formed his own game development studio, Comcept. No longer able to create new adventures for the blue bomber, Comcept is instead keeping the spirit of Mega Man alive by developing a new game.
Mighty No. 9 will be similar territory in some ways. You will play as a robot who must fight his former robotic companions after they were infected by a virus. When you defeat them, you can use their weapons as your own. However, a key concept sets Mighty No. 9 apart from Mega Man as a machine: you will also be able to transform his body based on the boss fights you’ve won.
Here is Keiji Inafune explaining the motivation and plans for Mighty No. 9:
Not too shabby, though a majority of which is fairly dated. Donate more than the average, which sits at $4.74 as of this writing, and you’ll also pick up Battlefield 3 and The Sims 3 with a boatload of DLC.
Unfortunately, not every game comes with a Steam key. You’ll have to interact with Origin for Battlefield 3, Dead Space 3, and The Sims 3. Is that what the “Rule of Three” is?
You may be thinking to yourself, “Self, EA is a big money-grubbing corporation drinking from golden chalices and riding into work on their own private unicorns. I’m not going to add to the problem. Indies rule! Down with the machine!” Well, chillax, hombre. EA’s coughing up the proceeds of this sale to five charity organizations.
So, even if you’re not just looking for mainstream gaming on the cheap, you’re doing a little good for charity.
Over the past year or so, I’ve mentioned “for Kakao” gamesnumeroustimes. It’s a strictly-Asian phenomenon that leverages South Korea’s massive Kakaotalk social network in the same way that Facebook got your mother to talk about her stupid farm.
PATI Games is one of the success stories of Games for Kakao with massively popular “I Love Coffee.” With a total player base of 8,000,000 Korean gamers, or about 16% of the population of South Korea, they’re kind of a big deal and have sticker books to prove it.
Now, PATI Games is adding third-party publisher to their resume. The company has added Happy Street to the “for Kakao” network. This, to my knowledge, marks the first time a game “for Kakao” didn’t originate from Asia. Now, Koreans will know the joy of bird poop, too.